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All About the Aphelion Single Vineyard Range
Mar 28, 2022
Our Single Vineyard Grenache collection has been seven years in the making.
Aphelion began with Grenache.
Our focus is Grenache.
Our future is Grenache.
Our original "Grenache project" has evolved.
Presenting three exceptional McLaren Vale Single Vineyard wines.
Each highlights the diversity and beauty of Grenache, as well as some of the 19 different geological soil types in McLaren Vale.
Guided by the deft and gentle hands of Rob Mack they sing of their purity.
When we started Aphelion in 2014, Rob handcrafted four wines from just one tonne of bush vine Grenache fruit.
In 2021 Rob revisited that original Grenache Project, with a new evolution. A firm belief that McLaren Vale yields the best Grenache in the country led Rob to seek to showcase the variety, as it pertains to the terroir it comes from.
Three exceptional vineyards, chosen by Rob to represent the breadth and depth of aroma, flavour and tannin.
Gentle winemaking to draw out each one's unique characteristics.
A livery befitting each wine's distinctiveness.
Discover each in detail below.
Wait Single Vineyard Grenache
Sourced from the Top Bush block owned by the Wait family in the northeast corner of the Blewitt Springs area of McLaren Vale.
Planted in the mid 1940’s, this block is dry grown and provides small berries with intense flavour and prominent tannin.
The most structural and savoury wine in the range, brooding in character with earth and briary characters dominating the palate.
Deeply coloured with an intense purple hue.
Savoury aromatics of turned earth, root vegetable, and dark cherry are subtle but have great depth. The palate is firm with a very savoury and slightly saline edge.
Tannin is the most prominent of the three SV wines, it comes in waves and carries the savoury edge of the wine across the palate with great length.
The longest palate of the three, this wine will stand up to a rich food pairing and will benefit with time in the cellar.
Brini Single Vineyard Grenache
Sourced from the upper tank block owned by the Brini family in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale.
This block has been a staple of Aphelion from our first vintage and forms the backbone of the Confluence Grenache.
The roundest and most intense wine in the range, dark plum fruits dominate with earth and forest floor characters to create a wine of depth and richness. Sandy based loam soils provide fruit that gives intensity and a brooding edge.
Bright with a deep purple hue in the glass.
Lifted aromatics of cinnamon spice, damson plum, and brown sugar with a briar character that evolves in time.
Medium plus in body, a savoury bitterness with an herbal edge balances the sweet cherry fruit.
Prominent tannin provides a good structure and flavour length.
Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache
The Trenerry Single Vineyard Grenache 2021 is sourced from the Dam block on the vineyard owned by the Trenerry family in the Onkaparinga Hills sub-region of McLaren Vale.
Same winemaker, different vineyards, different wines.
Give your nose and palate a workout by opening all three in one sitting.
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